The world’s largest exhibition of mobile achievements MWC 2020 this year will not be held. This decision was preceded by a series of high-profile cancellations. GSMA CEO John Hoffman noted that an outbreak of coronavirus made the event “impossible.” MWC was scheduled for February 24-27 in Barcelona.
The number of people infected with the virus from Wuhan exceeded 42,000, and the total number of deaths exceeded 1,000. Most infections and deaths were reported in Wuhan and the Chinese province of Hubei, but at least 25 countries reported cases of disease in their territories. GSMA (the host company of MWC) tried to allay fears by increasing disinfection at the exhibition, while also encouraging visitors to avoid shaking hands and even preventing visitors from traveling from Hubei.
MWC is held in Barcelona annually, and we regularly send our own correspondents there. The exhibition brings in 492 million euros and creates 14,000 jobs in Spain.
Large Asian manufacturers of telephones and communications were to be widely represented at MWC 2020. The refusal of MWC was first reported by Korean LG and Chinese ZTE. Ericsson, one of the largest exhibitors at MWC, also declined to participate in the exhibition, followed by Nvidia, Intel, Vivo, Sony , Amazon, and NTT Docomo. Cisco, Nokia , BT and HMD also gave up on this idea.